We were recently gifted a whole years National Trust membership from a family member. For a long time we have toyed with the idea but never felt like we could warrant the need for membership as we don’t really go to national trust places. However, I realised that we don’t go purely because without a membership, visiting our local National Trust frequently would be so expensive!
With P1 away for a long weekend recently and with the weather still beautiful, we decided to put our membership to good use with our first trip to Ightham Mote. It’s about a twenty minute car journey from our house so not far at all. I really feel like the girls thrive when they are outside and I’ve had Ightham Mote on my bucket list of places to visit for a while.
As the name suggests, Ightham Mote consists of a very big stately home that is surrounded by a Mote quite like a castle would be. The house has the adorable Tudor style beams on the outside. I have always loved that style of building since studying the tudors in primary school. The house is surrounded by well kept lawn, pretty flowers and a natural stream flowing into the Mote.
We packed a picnic for our adventure. After an initial glitch of losing P3 for a few seconds, we managed to have a brilliant day. It was super chilled out and the girls splashed in the stream and explored the all natural play ground. P2 especially enjoyed rolling down the hills over and over. I even put my camera down for a few minutes to chase after my girls and have pure innocent fun with them. Something we rarely get to experience these days!
I decided to film our afternoon at Ightham Mote as a way of remembering and also documenting which National Trusts we’ve been to. I honestly would love to visit every single one and I’m going to make that my lifelong achievement goal. As pathetic as that might sound! I am very much looking forward to 12 months of membership and am extremely grateful.